This past Friday the UK Guardian headed up a plethora of scary headlines among other media outlets declaring the entrance tunnel of the Svalbard Global Seed Vault was flooded. The vault was opened in 2008 and is a project of the Norwegian government along with two other crop-oriented organizations. Its purpose is to house millions of seeds from all over the world in order to ensure the continuation of the world’s food supply if shortages occur due to man-made or natural disasters.
The Guardian stated that the vault was breached after global warming produced extraordinary temperatures over the winter, sending meltwater gushing into the entrance tunnel. The British paper attributed the flooding to rising temperatures in the arctic alleging that 2016 was the hottest year on record.
However, a Popular Science article published yesterday says the seed depository is probably fine. The news report quotes one of the seed vault’s creators, Cary Fowler, said that there has been water intrusion every single year. Quoting from Popular Science:
Fowler wasn’t at the seed vault this year when the flooding (or ‘flooding’) in question took place, but has extensive knowledge of the project and facilities. He explains that a 100 meter long tunnel leads into the heart of the mountain where the seed vault is stored, running at a slight downward slope. At the base of the slope are two pumping stations to remove any water that might get in. Then there’s a slight uphill section before you reach the doors to the vault itself, where the seeds are kept at 0.4 degrees Fahrenheit or -18 Celsius.
The Norwegian government is taking action to try to ensure the prevention of meltwater from entering the facility. Cary Fowler also pointed out that even if all of the world’s ice melted and there was a major storm that caused the area near the seed vault to flood, the seeds would still be safe.<br /.
The UK Guardian is an infamous far-left newspaper in Great Britain and is well known to champion leftist causes such as environmentalist campaigns. With that, the publication also subscribes to the notion of human-induced climate change and with the paper’s allegiances comes the propaganda that goes along with it.
Environmentalists and their media allies use fear to keep their causes (like climate change) in the public spotlight. However, the more often fear mongering is used, the less likely people are to believe it. This is evidenced by recent polls showing how low of a priority climate change is among the general public.